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Greenwich House Music School & The Respect Sextet



Host David Weinstein welcomes members of The Respect Sextet: trumpeter Eli Asher, drummer Ted Poor, and keyboardist Red Wierenga, along with the energetic director of Greenwich House Music School, Menon Dwarka. Dwarka is producing a winter-long music series at that historic institution called the North River Concert Series and the Sextet is the inaugural act. The band has a new 2010 electronic release, Farcical Built For Six which follows a 2009 release that caught our attention: an album that revisits works by Sun Ra and Stockhausen (Mode/Avant). (36 minutes)
 

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